Lake Lugano cruises - Ticino

Leisurely cruises in beautiful surroundings

 
About Lake Lugano cruises

Availability: All year round (limited timetable in the winter).

Costs

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE

Half Fare Card: 50% discount on the published fare

Ticino Ticket: 20% discount on a 1 day pass

With inviting Lake Lugano  on your doorstep, you should make time for at least one cruise. The fleet of sightseeing boats travel across the lake, stopping at scenic villages along the way. Enjoy unforgettable views of the lake and the wooded mountains that surround it.


Highlights

A range of delightful cruises

There is a good choice of cruises for you to enjoy from Lugano.

We recommend cruising to one of the picturesque lakeside villages, where you can hop off and explore or sit by the water with a drink. Unspoilt Gandria lies at the foot of Mont Brè, with narrow streets and a number of restaurants. Another captivating location is Morcote with its long arcades, old houses, shops and the church of Santa Maria del Sasso. Campione d’Italia, which is an Italian enclave on Lake Lugano famous for its casino and the sanctuary ‘Madonna del Ghirli’ built in the 9th century, is also worth a visit.

Lunch or dinner onboard

A wonderful way to enjoy the lake while relaxing over a meal!

There are lunch and dinner cruises, both lasting 2 hours, taking you to scenic spots such as Melide, Brusino, Morcote and Porto Ceresio. The menu is seasonal, with a Mediterranean flavour.

A bar service is available on all cruises throughout the day. 


Directions

The main boat station is found in the town centre, but most of the boats also call at the pier at Paradiso.

There is a full complement of sightseeing boats travelling across the lake, 5 of which are wheelchair accessible. 

Please remember to bring your passport if you are taking one of the cruises which crosses into Italy.

More excursions in the region

The Ticino has a distinct Italian influence and it is a joy to cruise to an idyllic village for a lakeside lunch. As well as any number of cruises, there's subtropical gardens and an array of funiculars and cable cars to take you up to mountains which offer panoramic views over the region.

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Your choice of resorts

The Italian speaking canton of Ticino occupies the balmy lakelands of the southern foothills of the Alps. There are a choice of lakeside resorts, all offering cruises, mountain visits, walking opportunities and excellent cuisine. Bellinzona lies further inland and boasts three medieval castles.

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